Geoenvironmental Research Centre
Canolfan Ymchwil Ddaearamgylcheddol

Engineering a better society

2012–05–24

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The Geoenvironmental Research Centre’s achievements in engineering were on show at the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Summer Soiree (Thursday 24 May).

The Royal Academy of Engineering event hosted by Cardiff University highlighted the crucial role of engineers in developing solutions to a diverse range of environmental, social, health and economic challenges. The universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Swansea were also represented at the event.

The “Engineering a better society” exhibition featured ten exhibits from Cardiff University covering world-leading engineering research. The interactive exhibits ranged from research improving our understanding of osteoarthritis, helping to develop better treatments for millions of sufferers, to the use of smart meters, soon to be commonplace in the UK, and expected to lead to major energy savings.

Guest of honour HRH The Princess Royal was welcomed to the event by President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Sir John Parker and the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant.

Dr David Grant, Vice-Chancellor said: “These are difficult economic times and engineering has an increasingly important part to play in developing the new economy. Cardiff University’s exhibition demonstrates the real impact being made by world-leading research in Cardiff School of Engineering working with our partners.”

Sir John Parker, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering said: “Our soirees, which take place almost every summer, aim to shine a spotlight on great engineering research and development, giving the host institution and its talented people the opportunity to showcase what they do to an audience of eminent engineers as well as distinguished friends and visitors from near and far.

“Cardiff University is helping to lead the way in ensuring that engineers continue to be at the heartland of society and play a central role in shaping the economy of the UK - and the world beyond.”